Intel ups their driver game with performance-boosting update
Paving the way for future dedicated graphics offerings
Published: 30th August 2018 | Source: Intel Graphics |
Intel ups their driver game with a performance-boosting update
Amongst gamers, Intel is not known as a major player in the graphics market, with AMD and Nvidia acting as the only GPU producers that are considered as "worth using", at least outside of generalised desktop workloads.
Intel is actively working to change this perception, with plans to release dedicated graphics cards in 2020, starting a new era within the GPU market where three players are duking it out in both the desktop and enterprise marketplaces. Before that time comes, Intel needs to be ready with a solid driver team and software that can get the most performance out of their hardware.
Intel's latest graphics driver, Driver version 126.96.36.19986, is designed to offer launch driver support for both Strange Brigade and Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 and deliver "performance improvements and optimizations" for World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth (DX12 and DX11 versions) and Jurassic World Evolution on 6th Generation graphics cards or newer.
With this update, Intel also reported playability improvements in Vampyr and Monster Hunter: World, though we would recommend playing these titles on dedicated graphics hardware. This driver is also said to offer "security fixes and improvements.
The following Intel processors are supported by this new graphics driver.
- 8th Generation Intel Core processors, related Pentium/ Celeron Processors, and Intel Xeon processors, with Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 and Intel UHD Graphics 610, 620, 630, P630.
- 7th Generation Intel Core processors, related Pentium/ Celeron Processors, and Intel Xeon processors, with Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 650 and Intel HD Graphics 610, 615, 620, 630, P630.
- 6th Generation Intel Core processors, Intel Core M, and related Pentium processors, with Intel Iris Graphics 540, Intel Iris Graphics 550, Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580, and Intel HD Graphics 510, 515, 520, 530.
- Intel Xeon processor E3-1500M v5 family with Intel® HD Graphics P530
- Pentium/ Celeron Processors with Intel HD Graphics 500, 505 and Intel UHD Graphics 600, 605
- Pentium/Celeron Intel UHD 600, 605
- Performance improvements and optimizations for World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth* (for both DirectX* 11 and 12 versions) and Jurassic World Evolution on 6th Generation Intel® Core processors or higher
- Playability improvements for Vampyr and Monster Hunter: World
- Media streaming improvements while using the AVC* codec at low bitrates for 6th Generation Intel® Core processors or higher
- Power optimizations when dynamically switching to lower refresh rates during video playback
- Security fixes and improvements
KEY ISSUES FIXED:
- Steam overlay may not work in Dota 2 when running in Vulkan* mode
- Minor Graphics anomalies may be observed in Titanfall 2 (6th Gen Intel® Core™ Only), Minecraft*, and LEGO NINJAGO* Movie Video Game
- Intermittent crashes or hangs may occur in Unravel 2
- While using two displays, the arrangement settings in Windows* may reset if the resolution of the second display is
- Inaccurate colour may be observed during YouTube playback in web browsers when hardware acceleration is turned on
- Sketchup* application may become unresponsive
- Stereoscopic 3D may not work when viewing a 3D video
- Remote desktop protocol (RDP) and Virtual Network Computing (VNC) applications show a black screen when updating the graphics driver in guest user mode
With every new driver release, Intel continues to modernise their driver ecosystem, preparing the way for the eventual release of their dedicated graphics hardware. When the time comes for Intel to release dedicated graphics products, the company intends to have the drivers to back it up. Today's driver releases will hopefully act as a strong foundation for Intel's future dedicated offerings.